Panthers can’t get clutch hits in season-opening loss
An eager Delta High School baseball team may have tried too hard for its new coach.
The Panthers struggled to string together hits and Woodland Park was able to get the hits it needed to defeat Delta 11-9 on Friday in the Bill Fanning Classic at Canyon View Park.
Woodland Park pitcher Colter Streck retired 13 consecutive Delta batters from the end of the first inning through the fifth.
“(Streck) did a good a job,” Delta coach Marty Rover said. “He changed speeds real well. I don’t know if it was slower than what we were expecting and our guys being over anxious wanting to hit the ball.”
The Panthers (1-1) put together a five-run fourth inning — all with two outs.
Woodland Park, which wore the same colored jerseys as Delta, pushed its lead to 11-2 with four runs in the sixth inning before Delta answered with five runs in the bottom half.
Michael Patton had a two-run single to get Delta (0-1) started and Nathan Trujillo had a two run-single before Woodland Park escaped.
Delta added two runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate.
Christian Kathrein took the loss for Delta. He allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Central 15, Prairie View 8: The Warriors jumped to an early 12-3 lead and held on for the victory in the morning game at Canyon View Park.
“We came out swinging the bats and had some timely hits,” Central coach Chuck Yost said.
Aaron Reece led the offensive explosion, going 2 for 4 with two doubles and six RBI. Derek DiThomas was 3 for 4 with a triple and Tanner Denton was 2 for 3 with one double, one triple and two RBI.
Prairie View (0-2) rallied with a five-run sixth inning to cut Central’s lead to 12-8, but the Warriors (2-0) answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning — all with two outs.
Grand Junction 12, Fossil Ridge 11: Andy Willett singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Tigers to victory at Suplizio Field.
Grand Junction (2-0) had a 5-2 lead through five innings, but the Sabercats (0-2) scored seven runs in the sixth inning to take a 9-5 lead.
The Tigers scored five in the sixth to regain the lead, 10-5, but Fossil Ridge scored two in the top of the seventh for an 11-10 lead.
Casey Burns picked up the win in relief for Grand Junction, which used four pitchers in the game.